Tim Murray spent part of his last full weekday as Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor on a farm in Westfield. Murray joined governor Deval Patrick to announce a state grant for agriculture programs.
On paper, Patrick and Murray were at Kosinski Farms in Westfield to highlight a round of grants aimed at helping the state’s small farms. But both men spent much of their time ruminating on Murray’s time as Lieutenant governor. Murray says his proudest accomplishments include economic development projects, work with municipalities, and veterans services. Governor Patrick says Murray’s departure leaves a hole in his administration.
“He’s been a leader on so many issues critical to not just our administration, but to the future of the commonwealth. He’s contributed enormously.”
Murray is stepping down to become President and CEO of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, a job that will reportedly pay better than his current salary of just under $125,000 a year. Murray says he has mixed feelings about making the transition.
“I’m excited about it, but I’m also leaving some great people and a great leader in the governor. So, I don’t want to dwell on that too much, because I might change my mind.”
Murray steps down in the shadow of several high profile controversies: a pre-dawn car crash in 2011, and ties to disgraced former Chelsea Housing Authority director, Michael McLaughlin. Murray’s last day is Sunday. He starts at the Worcester Chamber on Monday.